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>> mr. schiff is recognized for 15 minutes. >> thank you, just a couple of follow up questions and then i'll pass it to mr. quigley for entering something into the record. >> mr. chairman, can i ask you an estimated time, i'm not made of steel, so i might need to take a quick break. >> would you like to do that now? >> if you k. i don't know how much longer you plan to go. >> i think we wan to keep going until members have asked all of their questions. >> okay. just a quick rest stop. >> we loaf this now. you could see the rest at or all of it at 8:30 eastern tonight on c-span 2. we go live now to louisville, kentucky, where president trump is holding a rally. ♪ ♪ ♪ proud to be an american, where at least i know i'm free ♪ ♪ and i won't forget the men who
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died who gave that right to me ♪ and i'll gladly stand up next to you, and defend her still today ♪ because there ain't no doubt -- ♪ god bless the usa ♪ ♪ ♪ [ cheering and applause ]
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>> thank you. thank you, everybody. i am thrilled to be hour in the great state of kentucky and the beautiful city of louisville. and this place is packed. there are a lot of people outside that aren't getting in, but that is all right. we love them, too. right? we love them. we're in the heartland of america. and there is no place i would rather be than here with you tonight. our first republican president,
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abraham lincoln, was born right here in kentucky. that's not bad. the legendary pioneer daniel boone helped settle the kentucky frontier. and the great 19th century american statesman henry clay represented kentucky in the united states congress. henry clay believed in what he called the american system. and proposed tariffs to protect american industry and finance american infrastructure. i'm honored to be here today with many of your tremendous modern-day leaders.
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we're joined tonight -- and i wan to you give him a nice hand because he's on our side. got to take good care of our people, right? and he's got a lot of power for the people of kentucky. by our senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, where is he? come here, mitch. thank you, mitch. how are you doing, mitch? hey, mitch, we gonna but okay? everything good. that health care is looking good? good. thanks, mitch. and we're also very lucky to have in my cabinet our secretary of transportation, the wonderful elaine choi. working with secretary ciao, we're going to rebuild the
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crumbling infrastructure of the united states. it's time, right. it's time. it is time. after spending trillions and trillions of dollars overseas, it is indeed time. we are going to start taking care of our country. also with us this evening is your great governor matt bevin. where is matt? matt? thanks, matt. congressman andy barr and congressman jamie comber. the state motto of kentucky is united we stand, divided we
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fall. we are united. somebody from the fake media the other day asked me a question. [ booing ] they said, how are the republicans going to finally get together? i said, wait a minute. we won the presidency, we won the house, we won the senate. i mean -- right? actually, he was a nice guy that asked the question. but i was sort of thinking, that was an interesting question. because we've just about never been on a streak like this. i think 1928, it is a long time ago. and we're going to get a lot of things done. and then we're going to get to truly one of my favorite things,
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it is called reducing taxes. standing together as americans, we are going to deliver amazing things for the citizens of kentucky and the united states. most importantly, we're going to take power back from the political class in washington and return that power to you, the american people. it's happening. it's happening. it's happening. it started on november 8th. remember that beautiful, beautiful day. that beautiful day. give it back. that was a beautiful day. they weren't giving us a lot of chance, were they? remember, there is no path to
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270. remember the line. and you know, for the republicans, the electoral college was very, very hard. very hard to win. do you remember the famous line -- there is no path to 270. well, it was a path to 306. but maybe not to 270. but we have a lot of work to do. the fact is we inherited a mess. it's a mess. i met with the prime minister today of iraq, i met with others, the middle east, north korea. [ booing ]
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>> north korea, i'll tell you what. what is happening there is disgraceful and not smart, not smart at all. so many different problems. and i'll tell you, you see what is happening with the economy. we've picked up $3 trillion in value and our companies are bringing people back to work. we have to take on every special interest that has profited -- and i mean -- i don't mean like a little bit. i mean really terrible trade deals. horrible trade deals. last year our country lost almost $800 billion in trade. not going to happen any more, folks. not going to happen any more.
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uncontrolled immigration, you see what is going on there, that is happening quickly. a little problem with the courts, not wanting to give us the decisions that should be given. but we're going to win it. and if a financial system stacked against the american people. these entrenched interests will do anything they can to keep the broken system in place, but they will fail and we will win because we are fighting on the side of our great american heritage. this place is packed.
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i mean, i don't want to say this -- we could have been watching a good basketball game tonight. what happened? what happened? that's all right. you've done a good job, right. you've done a good job. great team, great coach. it's all right. we are going to drain the swamp of government corruption in washington, d.c. and we are going to keep our promises, all of the promises that we made. we are going to massively reduce your taxes. we are going to reduce very substantially rising crime and support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. we're going to bring
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accountability to the v.a. and take great care, finally -- finally, finally -- of our great veterans. and our secretary -- you wouldn't believe it. because i still don't have my cabinet. they won't approve my cabinet. there is a lot of division and a lot of bad stuff going on in this country. but i'll tell you, david -- we love david. david got approved 100 to nothing. can you believe it? head of the v.a. secretary of the v.a. and you watch what happens with the veterans. it's time -- it's time we take care of our veterans. we are going to rebuild the
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united states military, finally. i and it's also jobs because we're going to make this equipment right here in the usa and we believe in three crucial words, peace through strength. [ cheers ] >> here is a great lieutenant governor, by the way, please. thank you, darling, thank you.
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but we will spend our money wisely with just one negotiation on one set of airplanes. i saved the taxpayers of our country over $700 million. [ cheers ] >> and that's just one of many, one of many. we've also kept our promise to appoint a supreme court justice who will uphold and defend the constitution of the united states. [ cheers ] >> judge neal gorsuch's hearing is underway in the senate and i urge members of both parties to swiftly approve his nomination. he is an outstanding man from an
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outstanding family with an unbelievably wonderful wife. they should approve. there is another promise that is deeply important to me, and i know it is deeply important to you. we are going to put our coal miners back to work. [ cheers ] >> they have not been treated well but they will be treated well now. clean call. clean call. i have already eliminated a devastating anti coal regulation, and that is just the beginning. you saw that, got a lot of thank yous from a lot of great people that work hard and want to keep working. a lot of people will be put back to work and a lot of coal miners are going back to work.
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as we speak, we are preparing new executive actions to save our coal industry and to save our wonderful coal miners from continuing to be put out of work. the miners are coming back. our new epa administration, scott pruit, a kentucky native will turn the epa environmental, will turn the epa from a job killer into a job creator. you watch. [ cheers ] >> since my inauguration, we already added nearly half a million new jobs, and that's believe me, just the beginning. just the beginning. and i don't know if you see
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those consumer confidence levels, they are through the roof. i don't know, i think you're doing as well in kentucky but i know you don't like obamacare, i know. great guy. we're working to remove regulations on our auto industry, so we can make more cars right here in america, including more cars in kentucky. [ cheers ] we've whipped out many, many unnecessary regulations and that's just the beginning. it's continuing on a weekly basis. we're getting rid of unnecessary regulations. we're going to be good for business and we're going to be good for the workers of america. we've also cleared the way for the keystone and the dakota
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access pipeline. and as i was signing it, i said where are they getting the steel? where? and i said you know what? if people want to build pipelines in the united states, they should use american steel and they should build it and create it right here, that pipe is going to be manufactured right here. that was like a last minute, i'm saying where are they buying this stuff? like henry clay, we want to put our own people to work. we believe in two simple rules, buy american and hire american. so as you folks all know, henry clay was the legendary kentucky
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politician who became the eighth speaker of the house in 1811. you know, they compared my campaign to jackson, president jackson, right? of 1828. i said can you imagine having to go back that far? and they said this was even more severe. but we did a good job. didn't we do a great job together? [ cheers ] >> 1828, that's a long time. oh, boy, and he was a good president, right? he was a good president. clay was a fierce advocate for american manufacturing. he wanted it badly. he said very strongly, free trade, which would throw wide
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open our ports to foreign production without duties while there's remain closed to us. that was his quote. he knew all the way back early 1800s, clay said that trade must be fair, equal and reciprocal. boom. he said fair, equal and reciproc reciprocal. i'm talking about reciprocal trade. prec reciproc reciprocal. i mentioned that the other day, we're going to be doing trade deals as soon as we get the health care finished. i'm looking forward to the trade deals. they are the ones. there is going to be in am big guty. i used the word reciprocal. harley davidson makes great motorcycles. they were in my office. they were in my office, and they came in, i said how are you
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doing? great. how is business? great. how do you do overseas? well, it's tough. we have some countries that charge us a $100 import tax. i said $100? a 100% -- think of it. they want $100 -- 100%. so i said how do you do? not so well. it's tough. they have other countries that charge a lot. we want reciprocal. so if they charge us 100%, we'll charge them 100% and you know what's going to happen? they are going to bring their 100% down to nothing like we charge. we can't allow that to happen. we can't allow that to happen. and explaining his american system, clay argued that the sole object to the tariff is to tax the produce and remember, to tax the produce of foreign
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industry with the view of promoting american industry. for too long our government has abandoned the american system. since nafta was approved in 1994, the worst trade deal ever made by any country, i think, in the world, america has lost nearly one-third of its manufacturing jobs. do not worry. we are starting on nafta very soon. i've only be there for, what, 5 two days, right? [ cheers ] >> somebody said to me why are you starting on nafta? i said i did this, this, this and i knocked out unbelievable numbers of regulations, we're negotiating much better deals, terrible deals made. i've been here like 51 days. give me a chance. i look forward. we're doing -- we're going to do something with nafta you're going to be very, very impressed
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with. that's going to be an easy one, folks. that's going to be an easy one. since china -- that's another beau beauty. the world trade organization in 2001, the united states has lost many more than 60,000 factories. we sacrificed our own middle class to finance the growth of foreign countries. but those days, ladies and gentlemen, of kentucky, are over. is that okay? those days are over. it's crazy. you know what that is? much more than 60,000 factories. that's like -- i said if you have a map, how do you put that many dots on the map, right? more than 60,000 factories but they are all coming back. you see them coming back.
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you see core coar companies wild elsewhere and because of trump, we'll build in michigan. we're going to build in ohio. we're going to build in kentucky. they are saying it loud and clear. because from now on, it's going to be america first. america first. [ cheers ] >> we will be, i promise you, a rich nation once again. and we will do what we have to do and we will not allow other countries to take advantage of us like they have been doing to a level that's hard to believe, hard to believe, not going to happen. not going to happen anymore, kentucky, remember that, okay? you just worry about your basketball team.
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i'll take care of the rest. [ cheers ] but to be a rich nation, we must also be a safe nation, that is why i am following through on my promise to secure, protect, and defenl the borders of the united stat states. [ cheers ] >> we will build -- that's right -- a great, great border wall. and you know it's already out to bid. you probably been reading, tremendous numbers of bidders. what does that mean when you have a lot of bidders?
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it means we'll get it for the right price, believe me, and we'll stop the drugs pouring into our country and poisoning our youth and plenty of others. we'll stop the drugs. a lot of them are coming in from the southern border. since the day of my election, we've already cut illegal immigration at the southern border by 61%. think of that. [ cheers ] >> 61%, we haven't started. and the courts are not making it easy, folks. they are not making it easy. >> boo! >> terrible. 61%. during the campaign, as i've traveled all across this great country, i met with many american families whose loved ones, sons and daughters,
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husbands and wives, were viciously killed by illegal immigrants. incredible. incredible. these amazing american lives were stolen because our government refused to enforce our already existing laws. these american victims and their families were ignored by the media. the media doesn't want to talk about it. they don't want to talk about it. they were ignored by the consultants. they were ignored by washington, but these americans were not ignored by me. they were not ignored by you. you showed that on november 8th. they were not ignored by you, and they will never be ignored by any of us.
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as we speak tonight, we are finding the drug dealers, robbers, thieves, gang members, predators, killers, and criminals of all types praying on our citizens. you've been seeing it. you've been reading about it, and you've been seeing it. one by one, they are being tracked down and thrown the hell out of our country and we will not let them back in. [ cheers ] >> usa! usa! usa! usa! usa!
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>> we are also working to protect our citizens from terrorism. we have seen the devastation at home from 9/11 to boston to san bernardino and many, many other places. we've seen attacks overseas in france. in germany, in belgium, it's time for intelligence and common sense to be used. the single best way to protect and you have to do this, you have to do this, and to keep foreign terrorists from attacking our country is to keep these foreign terrorists from entering our country in the
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first place. and we will stop radical islamic terrorism. we will stop it. not going to let it happen. not here. not going to let it happen. finally, we want a very big tax cut, but cannot do that until we keep our promise to repeal and replace the disaster known as obamacare. [ cheers [ cheers ] >> and we're going to be working very closely with our leader mitch mcconnell to get that job done. paul ryan, everybody, they are going to be working very hard and congressman andy bar, jamie, i have to thank them for their help and their support as we move toward the crucial house
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vote on thursday. the seventh anniversary of obamacare's very painful passage. this is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of obamacare. it's a long-awaited chance. we're going to do it. we're going to do it. what's the alternative? the alternative is what you have, what you have is nothing. the worst, it's the big lie and remember this, so true, i happen to like a lot senator rand paul. i do. i do. i like him. he's good. he's a good guy. and i look forward to working with him so we can get this bill passed in some form so that we can pass massive tax reform,
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which we can't do until this happens, so we got to get this done before we can do the other and we got to get it done but that's one of them. as it's important to realize how we got to obamacare in the first place, back in 2009 and 2010, house and in the democrats forced through a 2700-page health care bill that no one read and no one understood. by the way, today it's thousands of pages more. they ignored the public. they ignored the voters, and they jammed a massive failed health care takeover right
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throu through. this is what we have. it's time for democrat leaders in washington to take responsibility for the disaster they and they alone created. remember when president obama said if you like your plan, you can keep your plan. if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor? nobody brings that stuff up, do they? do they ever bring it up? matt, i don't think so, right? they don't bring it up. notice how they forget that. or when the architect of obamacare said the law was passed because of the stupidity of the american voter or bill clinton on the campaign trail, he must have had a tough night when he went home that night. called obamacare the craziest
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thing in the world where people wind up with their premiums double and their coverage cut in half. bill clinton, the cry saziest tg in the world. the democratic governor of minnesota who said the affordable care act is no longer affordable. it been one broken promise after another. people have been kicked off their plans and their premiums have increased by double and triple digits. arizona up 116%. by the way, insurance companies in a great state known as kentucky, have you ever heard of it? [ cheers ] >> are in tremendous trouble, will be fleeing and we're going to save it all. we're going to save it all. tremendous trouble. it's a disaster.
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in fact, to counter my speech two weeks ago in congress, did anybody see this? they used the former governor of kentucky and the plan doesn't work in kentucky but matt will save us. many of the best and brightest are leaving the medical profession entirely because of obamacare. obamacare has been a complete and total catastrophe and is getting worse and worse by the day and yet, you watch the fake media, the fake news and they try and build it up. it's a disaster, fellas. it's a disaster. what would be great, if they told the truth about obamacare, it would be so wonderful because
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it would sail right through. in the united states, only one obamacare insurer left and in your state it's worse. in a recent interview, your governor matt beven, who is right here so i better be careful said obamacare was a disaster in kentucky. is that right? i'm quoting that so accurately. and it is. it's been an absolute disaster. half of the counties only have a single provider. it's a financial disaster waiting to happen here in your own state. thursd thursday. the ocbamacare catastrophe and begin delivering reforms people
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deserve. go to the senate and back and forth and the end result will be beautiful and it is going to work great. once this is done, we are also going to work on bringing down the cost of medicine by having a fair and competitive bidding process. some people think that's just as important as health care. the cost is outrageous. many times higher than in some countries in europe and elsewhere, why? same pill, same manufacturer, identical, and it's many times higher in the united states. you know why? campaign contributions, who
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knows. but somebody is getting very rich. we're going to bring it down and have a great competitive bidding process, medicine prices will be coming way down, way, way down and that's going to happen fast. you have crazy laws in case you haven't heard. i am confident if we empower the american people, we will accomplish incredible things for our country, not just on health care but all across our government. and by the way, that second amendment is very, very safe right now. i promise. i said we're going to save the second amendment. i promise you, we are going to
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save the second amendment. it's very, very safe. we would not be in good shape if a certain other person won this election, i can tell you. and if they came to make a speech, 250 people would have showed up. and a new national pride is swelling our hearts. just imagine what we can accomplish if we stand together as a united american people. millions will be lifted from welfare to work. they will love it.
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they will be educated in schools that teach them to love our country and its values. our inner cities will mind a rebirth of hope of safety and opportunity. san francisco quarterback, i'm sure nobody ever heard of him, i'm just reporting the news and i said the people in the news made a mistake if it's wrong but there was an article today, reported that nfl owners don't
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want to pick them up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from donald trump. can you believe that? [ cheers [ cheers ] >> i just saw that. i said if i remember that one i'll report it to the people of kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the american flag, right? our struggling industries are going to be revitalized and our dying factories will come roaring back to life. it's already happening. and in our dealings with other nations, we'll find a newer raff ocho security, cooperation and pace and we won't be played for the fool and we won't be played for the suckers any longer.
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this is the future that awaits us if we embrace our destiny as americans, which we did. this was one of the greatest things, one of the biggest events ever to happen in our country. and we're going to make it even better than anybody ever thought possible. that's happening already. we are one people and we share one faith. whether you are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood. we all solute the same great american flag. and we are all made by the same
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all mighty god. as long as we remember these truths, we will not fail. nobody, nobody can beat us, nobody. we are americans and the future belongs to us. the future belongs to you. this is your moment, this is your time, and this the united states of america is your country again.
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>> so with hope in our souls and patriotism in our hearts, let us now recite these words, are you ready? , together, we will make america strong again. we will make america. we will make america proud again. we will make america safe again and we will make america great agai again. thank you, thank you, kentucky. god bless you, thank you.
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gentlemen from tennessee. mr. speaker, on this historic day, the house of representatives opens its proceedings for the first time to televised coverage. i wish to congratulatioe you fo your courage for making this possible and the committee that's worked so hard under the congressman to make this a reality. television will change this institution, mr. speaker, just as it has changed the executive branch, but the goodwill far outweigh the bad. from this day forward, this body must ask himself or herself how many americans are listening to the debates which are made? when the house becomes comfortable with changes brought by television coverage, the news media will be allowed to bring
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their own cameras into this chamber. in the meantime, there is no censorship, every word is available for broadcast coverage. and journalists will be able to use and edit as they see fit. the solution for the lack of confidence in government, mr. speaker, is more open government at all levels. i hope for example, that the leadership of the united states senate will see this as a friendly challenge to begin to open -- >> over rules, the gentleman's time is expired. >> this medium and our open debate, has the potential mr. speaker, to revitalize democracy. >> in 1986 c-span 2 was launched to carry the senate live. they are web cast live, archived and searchable for free. c-span tv, radio and online are provided as a public service across